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Issue #261: Feeling Alone Even in a Room Full of People Can Feel Worse Than Chronic Pain & Gratitude for the Simple Blessing of Being Able to Walk

Issue 261: Feeling Alone Even in a Room Full of People Can Feel Worse Than Chronic Pain & Gratitude for the Simple Blessing of Being Able to Walk

Friday, 16 April 2021. Issue #261.

In This Issue:

  1. Things that can be worse than chronic pain – isolation and feeling alone, even in a room full of people.
  2. Tips to manage unforeseen pain flares – focussing on self-care in solitude and silence, and just riding it out.
  3. The portrayal of sex in society rarely involves disabled people, who may need to use a mobility aid.
  4. The unimaginable for many chronic pain patients – if all pain medications were halted and the need to live in constant agony.
  5. Gratitude for the simple blessing of walking – just being able to put one foot in front of the other.
  6. Learning that your body is your best friend and that you don’t want to be at war with it, even though autoimmune disease keeps you fat.
  7. You have every right to question a doctor’s treatment plan or to seek second opinions, if something doesn’t feel right to you.
  8. When your undiagnosed chronic illness causes you to question your abilities and productivity, and direct blame to yourself instead.
  9. Assistive devices recommended by others with chronic illness, such as bottle and can openers designed for those with arthritis.
  10. Seeking beauty during a long hospital stay, through the windows.

*Note: This article is meant for educational purposes, and is based on each person’s individual experiences and circumstances. It is not to be substituted for medical advice. Please consult your own doctor before changing or adding new treatment protocols.

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